Paul Ignatius

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Paul Ignatius
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United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
September 1, 1967 – January 24, 1969
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byCharles F. Baird (Acting)
Succeeded byJohn Chafee
Personal details
Paul Robert Ignatius

(1920-11-11) November 11, 1920 (age 100)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Nancy Weiser Sharpless
EducationUniversity of Southern California (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)

Paul Robert Ignatius (born November 11, 1920) is an American government official who served as Secretary of the Navy between 1967 and 1969 and was the Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Lyndon Johnson Administration.

Life and career[edit]

Ignatius in 2013

Ignatius was born in 1920 in Glendale, California, the son of Armenian parents who migrated to the United States, Elisa (née Jamgochian) and Hovsep "Joseph" B. Ignatius (original last name – Ignatosian).[1][2] Ignatius' ancestors came from the historic Armenian settlement of Agin near Kharpert.[3] Ignatius is a trustee of the George C. Marshall Foundation and member of the Federal City Council and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. He has served previously as cofounder and chairman of the board of trustees for Logistics Management Institute; chairman, president and CEO of Air Transport Association; president of The Washington Post newspaper and executive vice president of The Washington Post Company; Secretary of the Navy; Assistant Secretary of Defense (Installations and Logistics), Under Secretary of the Army, and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations and Logistics).[4]

He founded Harbridge House, Inc., a Boston management consulting and research firm. Ignatius received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California (Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Tau) and his MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He served as a commissioned lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in World War II, principally as an aviation ordnance officer aboard escort aircraft carrier USS Manila Bay (CVE-61) in the Pacific. He has two sons. David Ignatius is a columnist for The Washington Post, and a novelist. Adi Ignatius is editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review.


On May 23, 2013, the Navy announced that an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117) would be named for him. She was commissioned at Port Everglades, Florida on July 27, 2019.[5][6]


  1. ^ - America: The Land of Opportunity Archived 2007-03-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Yamada, Katherine (29 January 2014). "Verdugo Views: Distinguished alum has Armenian heritage". Glendale News-Press. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  3. ^ Paul Ignatius, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense, to Speak at Genocide Centennial Banquet
  4. ^ Department of Defense Key Officials, September 1947-December 2017
  5. ^ Navy Names Next Two Destroyers
  6. ^ Langdon, Alana (July 29, 2019). "Warship USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) Brought to Life". Retrieved 2020-01-10.
Government offices
Preceded by
Stephen Ailes
United States Under Secretary of the Army
February 1964 – December 1964
Succeeded by
Stanley Rogers Resor
Preceded by
Charles F. Baird (acting)
United States Secretary of the Navy
September 1, 1967 – January 24, 1969
Succeeded by
John Chafee